Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Some of the outrageous experiments in here seem even more offensive if you believe (as I do) that we have enough information to make a fairly good predictive model for some of these “empiric” questions. I find it morally objectionable that the government didn’t hire someone to sit down and do some math before condemning all these animals to horrific deaths. The question of whether or not we need to know should be considered, sure, but also the question of how to go about knowing, and if an answer derived on paper is good enough if it spares lives (and, no doubt, taxpayer dollars).

The following NPR story starts with an anecdote about Kepler. Apparently, he was trying to find himself a wife, and he had 11 candidates, but he was too thorough in interviewing them (read: slow!), and they all got impatient and rejected him. Damn.

Turns out, if you have limited options, the best strategy for a good match (though maybe not the best match) is to interview 1/e (~36.8%) of your candidates without offering the “job” to any of them. Then, if you’re interested in anyone after that point, pop the question and forget the rest of the list.

Read more at NPR:
NPR: How to marry the right girl